More than three in four Israelis are displeased with their leadership, a poll found. According to the survey commissioned by the Israeli Center for Citizen Empowerment, 78 percent of the public voice “displeasure” or “extreme displeasure” with elected officials, with only 8 percent saying they are satisfied. The data mark a new low for Israeli confidence in the government, which had received a 17 percent approval rate in a similar poll last year. The pollsters said that many of the 547 respondents cited the recent slew of corruption scandals in high office. Another contributing factor was last year’s Lebanon war, which many Israelis believe harmed national security.
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